More AP NGOs in blacklist: CAPART

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Tirupati, Nov 2 (UNI) Council for Advancement of People's action and Rural Technology (CAPART) was a major promoter of rural development in the country and assisting over 12,000 voluntary organisations in implementing a wide range of development initiatives, CAPART Director General V Venkatachalam said.

After interacting with the NGOs at Rastriya Seva Samithi (RASS) here yesterday, he said about 200 NGOs that belonged to Andhra Pradesh were blacklisted for misusing the funds that were provided as financial assistance for taking up various rural projects.

The Council had given Rs 40 crore financial assistance to the NGOs through nine regional centers located in various states last year. The assistance was enhanced to Rs 74 crores this year and if needed, the amount would be raised for conducting of awareness camps on the National Rural Employement Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in rural areas, for which, nearly 184 districts have been selected in the country, he added.

The Council had strictly monitored the facts while sanctioning the funds to the NGOs, he asserted.

Some of the projects, including harvesting, sanitation and water projects, that were discontinued due to duplication would be revived soon, he said noting that nearly 23 Technology Resource Centers (TRC) were run by NGOs across the country.

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